Above are pictures of the present time Israel Western Wall or the Wailing Wall and a replica of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Wailing Wall is actually not a part of the Temple but what remains of the outer walls of the Temple that Herod the Great has rebuilt in 19BC in an attempt to perpetuate his name for eternity through massive construction projects. Historians consider this Temple his masterpiece that is why they call this Temple, Herod’s Temple.
Herod’s Temple was one of the biggest construction projects of the first century BC, comparable to some of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was a massive expansion of the Second Temple, which Zerubbabel built in the 2nd year of Cyrus around 516BC, which was rather small in comparison. However, the Roman Empire under the command of Titus destroyed this magnificent marble temple in 70AD after crushing a revolt led by the Zealots.
Do you know that an Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, has stood on the site of the Temple since the late 7th Century AD, and the al-Aqsa Mosque, from roughly the same period stands on the Temple courtyard?
It is fascinating to see a proof of the truthfulness of this account in the gospel of John- the existence of the Temple and what remains of it in this time and age. Indeed, we can rely on the truthfulness of the Bible not only because of faith but also of historical record.
We are going to try to go back approximately a little over 2,000 years in time, into the Temple in Jerusalem in all its brilliance and splendor, on a very busy Passover where we will see the Lord’s Divine Indignation.
In Exodus 34:6-7(NIV), God proclaimed Himself to be the God who is slow to anger. However, in this account of John, we can see the Lord Jesus angry.
What was it that angered the Messiah; the God who is supposed to be “slow to anger”? What was so bad about those who sold oxen, goats, sheep and doves and the moneychangers that Jesus had to drive them out of the Temple?